Audio CPA Review Courses
One of the most versatile ways to prepare for the CPA exam is through an audio based CPA review course. This flexible course format allows you to learn almost anywhere you go and at your own pace.
There is huge opportunity here for you to transform your most mundane tasks like doing your laundry and commuting to work, into a valuable study session. Here is an overview of the leading CPA audio review courses on the market today.
Roger CPA Review’s audio course stands out from the others because the lectures are taught with high energy and enthusiasm. Roger Phillip is the instructor of this course and his upbeat personality actually makes studying for the CPA exam somewhat interesting because he’s able to inject some life into the subject matter.
His fast-paced lectures will keep you from falling asleep and he throws in the occasional joke or pun just to make sure you aren’t nodding off. If I had to pick one audio course this would definitely be my first choice. The course is available in an MP3 format and focuses only on the most heavily tested CPA exam topics. Below is breakdown of the different sections:
AUD (9 hrs): $115
BEC (7 hrs): $115
FAR (16 hrs): $115
REG (11 hrs): $115
This courseware comes in a CD format which you can download to your computer and sync to your IPod. Also included is a resource CD that has the Lambers Textbook in PDF format on it as well any workbook the professors use during the lecture. The cost of each section is $210.
I’ve talked to several people who have found success using this course (specifically pointing out how good the auditing section is). This course offers a more comprehensive and in-depth review than anyone else and was created to serve as your primary study course rather than supplemental material. This course is delivered in an mp4 format which means you can either watch the video lectures right on your iPod or just listen to the audio in your headphones. Here is a breakdown of each section:
REG (36 hrs): $310
FAR (45 hrs): $310
BEC (28 hrs): $310
AUD (27 hrs): $310
Wiley & Yaeger Impact Audio Lectures
Wiley CPA Review and Yaeger CPA Review have teamed up to create their own audio review course. Their course is available in an MP3 format and can also be streamed online or on a mobile device. The course length and price is structured almost exactly the same as Roger’s audio course, but I found this one rather dry and boring in comparison. Below is the breakdown of each section:
AUD (4 hrs): $125
BEC (11 hrs): $125
FAR (18 hrs): $125
REG (13 hrs): $125
All 4 Sections (46): $445
Bisk CPA Audio Tutor
The full course costs $520 and only comes in a CD-rom format (no mp3 download). Judging by the quality of their computerized review course I would say that this is a terrible investment. However, I have not personally used it yet so if you or any of your friends made the mistake of buying these CD-rom discs I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below ;)
If you looking for an audio course to supplement your primary study materials then I would definitely go with Roger’s Audio Course. I’ve listened to several of the audio lectures myself and found them be educational and entertaining at the same time (not easy to do when talking about accounting). This course reviews all the important material that is most likely to be tested on and would serve an excellent resource to use as a final review before your upcoming exam.
If you plan on using an audio review course to serve as your primary study material then I would suggest getting Lambers iPod Course. This course is a much more comprehensive and in-depth than any other audio course and I have heard several good reviews about it. Also included with this course is the resource CD that contains the Lambers Text Book in PDF format as well as an electronic workbook that contains the instructor notes and hundreds of Q&A’ s